Could your child have an unhappy gut? A gut imbalance can do more than give kids tummy pain. It can cause a variety of symptoms throughout the body – including many you may not even think of when it comes to gut health.
Watch the video below or keep reading to learn more about the hidden symptoms of gut imbalance in your children.
The gut is the foundation of our family’s health. In fact, it can impact every single system of the body! So it makes sense to work on improving it to boost up our family’s nutrition and overall health.
Gut health is incredibly complex, and scientists are only just scratching the surface of how it works. It can seem overwhelming to the average parent who is just starting to learn about the effect of gut health.
On the other hand, at Natural Super Kids we see amazing results when we start working on the simple steps of gut health support. It has a positive flow-on effect throughout the body – many clients report improvements with a variety of different symptoms.
The good news is that most of us don’t need to go on strict elimination diets. Many people can see results by using a handful of simple, practical strategies.
How does the gut affect the entire body?
There are two simple ways that the gut can influence the whole body.
Firstly, the gut is where we absorb nutrients. These nutrients power the body and its functions. This is particularly important for kids due to their rapid growth and development.
The intake of nutrients through food is just one step. Even the best diet won’t do any good if we don’t absorb the nutrients through the gut. So we need the gut to be healthy and happy to optimise the absorption rate.
The gut is also where the majority of our elimination takes place. If it is not effective, we can reabsorb toxins and waste into the bloodstream. This means extra work for the body and the liver. We want to make sure the waste products leave the body, so we need the gut to work effectively.
These two factors can affect every other part of the body.
The signs and symptoms of a gut imbalance in kids
Many parents think that gut issues will be causing their kids tummy pain and other obvious digestive symptoms. But it can actually present in a variety of symptoms – and many aren’t even in the gut itself!
If your child has at least a couple of these symptoms, it’s a hint that their gut needs some attention.
Some of the digestive symptoms linked to a gut imbalance in kids include:
- Tummy pain
- Loose bowels
- Irregular bowels (alternating between constipation and diarrhoea)
- Food intolerances and sensitivities
- Offensive smelling bowel movements/wind
- Excess wind
- Toileting accidents (this is often a sign of constipation)
- Fussy or picky eating – particularly those with a preference for starchy, bland and sugary foods
- Appetite issues such as lack of appetite or a tendency to overeat
It’s important for us to normalise talking about bowel movements. We want our kids to notice what’s coming out the other end and tell us if something is unusual!
The Bristol Stool Chart for kids is a great option for empowering and educating your kids. If you want to use this as a tool, you can download a copy here.
Some of the immune symptoms linked to a gut imbalance include:
- Frequent infections
- Slow recovery time from an infection
- Recurrent infections
- Allergies – food and/or environmental
- Intolerances and sensitivities
The skin is a reflection of what occurs in the gut. Some of the skin symptoms linked to a gut imbalance include:
- Bumpy skin
- Sensitive skin
- Itchy skin
- Fungal infections such as ringworm
- Dark circles under the eyes
Brain and nervous system symptoms
Some of the nervous system symptoms and conditions linked to a gut imbalance include:
- Mood imbalances such as anxiety, depression and mood swings
- Ongoing behavioural challenges
- Learning and concentration issues
- Learning disabilities and dyslexia
- Sleep issues such as waking throughout the night, bedwetting and trouble falling asleep
- Neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorders
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